American Education Week

American Education Week

American Education Week is November 12-16, 2018.  HWES invites all families to come to observe your wildcats during that week.

HWES will set up a visitation schedule to help keep things organized and balanced.  While you can visit any time during these days, please keep in mind there is limited parking.  Please keep in mind that the cafeteria is not equipped to accommodate both students and parents, so you will not be able to eat lunch with your child.  Also, remember that in order to keep the learning environment as normal as possible, younger siblings should not attend the American Education Week visit.

Please remember that ALL visitors need to pre-registered.  

Volunteers are needed to greet and direct visitors.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact

About American Education Week (Taken from

The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week.

Distressed that 25 percent of the country’s World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.

The conventions of both organizations subsequently adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. In 1921, the NEA Representative Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, called  for designation of one week each year to spotlight education. In its resolution, the NEA called for: “An educational week … observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs.”

The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as the cosponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a cosponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938.

Other co-sponsors are the U.S. Department of Education and national organizations including the National PTA, the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, the American Association of School Administrators, the National School Boards Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the American School Counselor Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National School Public Relations Association, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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